In the News: What in Tarnation is an FFEL Loan?!

Under the recently announced Limited Waiver Opportunity for PSLF, FFEL borrowers have an opportunity to pursue PSLF without restarting the clock. As long as the other conditions for PSLF were met—full-time employment at a public service organization like a 501(c)(3)—previous payments made on FFELs will count towards PSLF as long as they are consolidated before October 31, 2022 and submit the appropriate employment paperwork.. Finally, borrowers under this orphaned loan program will be able to enjoy PSLF without the added hurdle of 10 extra years of repayment.

Student Loan Industry Continues to Fail Communities of Color

Student Loan Industry Continues to Fail Communities of Color

Report after report has shown that majority Black- and Latinx-communities to bear the greatest burden of student debt and its effects. In 2015, the CFPB documented the effects of the Great Recession on student debt in communities of color, “with many families seeing their net worth nearly cut in half.”

IDR Plans and Payment Caps: ‘Til PSLF Do You Part

Oftentimes, we and our clients have to correct mistakes made by loan servicers, and having your payment plan messed with can be one of the most detrimental. If your loan servicer tells you that you no longer qualify for your plan, they’re wrong. When you enroll in an IDR plan, it’s “‘til death do you part,” or—to put it in a more positive light—“‘til PSLF do you part.” Have no fear, give us a call, and we’ll help you ride the cap all the way there.

A brief history of Public Service Loan Forgiveness

For those pursuing PSLF, they’ve had the added benefit that these months of forbearance have counted toward their 120 qualifying payments required for forgiveness. The economy, however, remains fragile, and many are wondering what will happen as student payments resume in the coming months—not to mention the end of expanded unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.

So what’s the solution? Where do we go from here?

Student loans and the importance of leisure time

Student loans and the importance of leisure time

Studies have shown a strong correlation between debt and anxiety, especially student debt. Greater debt tends to be reflected in a greater amount of anxiety, which hits folks like physicians—who already have high-stress, demanding jobs—especially hard. Couple that with the added catastrophic strain of a pandemic on healthcare professionals and you’ve got a one-two punch to your mental health.

So what’s the solution? Where do we go from here?

PSLF and combating student debt

PSLF and combating student debt

When Congress passed the CARES Act in 2020, it placed all federally-owned student loans in forbearance, freezing all payments, interest accrual, and income recertifications. That means if you have Direct, Perkins, PLUS, FFEL, or HEAL loans owned by the Dept. of Education, they’re on hold until the end of September 2021. Any privately-held loans, unfortunately, do not count.

Held hostage by your student loans?

When Congress passed the CARES Act in 2020, it placed all federally-owned student loans in forbearance, freezing all payments, interest accrual, and income recertifications. That means if you have Direct, Perkins, PLUS, FFEL, or HEAL loans owned by the Dept. of Education, they’re on hold until the end of September 2021. Any privately-held loans, unfortunately, do not count.

Income recertification extension – Part 2

When Congress passed the CARES Act in 2020, it placed all federally-owned student loans in forbearance, freezing all payments, interest accrual, and income recertifications. That means if you have Direct, Perkins, PLUS, FFEL, or HEAL loans owned by the Dept. of Education, they’re on hold until the end of September 2021. Any privately-held loans, unfortunately, do not count.

Deadlines, COVID, & student loan repayment

If you have student loans and are on an IDR plan, you can likely benefit from the extension. Studentaid.gov says,

“You will not have to recertify your income before the end of the COVID-19 emergency relief period, regardless of whether your recertification date would have happened prior to the end of the relief period. As part of the payment suspension, your recertification date has been pushed out from your original recertification date. You will be notified of your new recertification date before it is time to recertify.”

Navigating student loans with Financial Residency

Join us June 7, 14, 21 & 28 as Joy and Ryan navigate the muddy waters of student debt and how you can “flip the script on student debt.”